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  1. -RJ
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    Does anyone have any speed comparisons between PDANet and a PCMCIA wireless internet card? I went out of town last week and used my Treo 600 and PDANet. The speed was painfully slow, worse than dial-up (yes I tried resetting the phone, no luck). Occasionally it was a bit better (comparable to dial-up) but most of the time it was pretty useless. I'm considering buying an AirCard or something and just swapping the SIM card as needed. Can anyone tell me if any of the wireless cards are faster? What kind of speeds are you getting?
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    I did a comparison between Sprint PCS PDANet and my Verizon Wireless AirCard a while back - it was lost in the great TreoCentral crash of 2004, so this is a reprint. Ping test details below.

    My overall impression is that the performance of PDANet and the Aircard is very similar - for "surfing the web", they both perform about like a 56KB dial up, even though they connect a little faster, because latency is latency. However, both do a better job than dialup on downloads (unless you are in an area of spotty coverage), because the raw bandwidth is better.

    Bottom line is that I continue to use my Aircard as my main wireless connectivity source (when I'm not near any broadband), and use PDANet when I don't have good Verizon digital coverage.

    [][][][][] PDANet:
    one bar
    connected at 145.0 Kbps
    ping www.yahoo.com
    Pinging www.yahoo.akadns.net [216.109.118.79] with 32 bytes of data:
    Reply from 216.109.118.79: bytes=32 time=535ms TTL=45
    Reply from 216.109.118.79: bytes=32 time=393ms TTL=45
    Reply from 216.109.118.79: bytes=32 time=712ms TTL=45
    Reply from 216.109.118.79: bytes=32 time=2064ms TTL=45
    Ping statistics for 216.109.118.79:
    Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
    Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
    Minimum = 393ms, Maximum = 2064ms, Average = 926ms

    Pinging www.yahoo.akadns.net [216.109.118.79] with 32 bytes of data:
    Ping statistics for 216.109.118.79:
    Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
    Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
    Minimum = 370ms, Maximum = 506ms, Average = 416ms

    Pinging www.yahoo.akadns.net [216.109.117.206] with 32 bytes of data:
    Ping statistics for 216.109.117.206:
    Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
    Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
    Minimum = 336ms, Maximum = 494ms, Average = 417ms


    [][][][][] Verizon zero-to-one bars

    Pinging www.yahoo.akadns.net [66.94.230.38] with 32 bytes of data:
    Reply from 66.94.230.38: bytes=32 time=3873ms TTL=48
    Reply from 66.94.230.38: bytes=32 time=642ms TTL=49
    Reply from 66.94.230.38: bytes=32 time=665ms TTL=49
    Reply from 66.94.230.38: bytes=32 time=383ms TTL=48
    Ping statistics for 66.94.230.38:
    Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
    Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
    Minimum = 383ms, Maximum = 3873ms, Average = 1390ms

    Pinging www.yahoo.akadns.net [66.94.230.32] with 32 bytes of data:
    Ping statistics for 66.94.230.32:
    Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
    Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
    Minimum = 405ms, Maximum = 546ms, Average = 479ms

    Pinging www.yahoo.akadns.net [66.94.230.32] with 32 bytes of data:
    Ping statistics for 66.94.230.32:
    Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
    Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
    Minimum = 415ms, Maximum = 529ms, Average = 465ms

    Pinging www.yahoo.akadns.net [66.94.230.32] with 32 bytes of data:
    Ping statistics for 66.94.230.32:
    Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
    Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
    Minimum = 388ms, Maximum = 563ms, Average = 479ms
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    So, is the card a little faster, or just more convenient? Do you think it's worth swapping the SIM card?

    Sounds like I'll have to wait for one of the new technologies (EV-DO, UMTS, etc) before I can get decent speeds on the road (or find a hotspot).

    I'm wondering if anyone has found any of the other cards to be faster, like the Sony Ericsson GC83. AT&T claims they have a faster service, but I don't know much about it.
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    regardless of on blazer or using pdanew, the speed varies depending on network load. in the middle of the night if flies! some cities have better infrastructure than others. in vermont it's slow. boston flies! philly is ok.

    more the network than pdanet's fault, i think
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    Maybe Verizon's "BroadbandAccess" is for you? I know nothing more about it that what I've read on the web site - not sure what the real scoop is - it may just be a fancy 2-in-1 WiFi / 1XRTT card...

    http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/m...dband%20Access

    http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/d...PIC&topicID=75
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    I have a Sprint connection card and find that it is much faster than Treo+PDANet. With PDANet pages take forever to load (almost unusable) but download speeds can be good. The card loads pages about the same as a 56k and downloads about 3x as fast.
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